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Centre for Accessibility Services

Faculty FAQ

Where do I send my exams?

You can upload exams directly on to Accommodate.

Email your exams to

You can also drop off the exam at the front desk in Student Services.

How many students are registered with the Centre for Accessibility Services?

There are more than 1000 students registered with the Centre for Accessibility Services. Students registered with CAS typically have been diagnosed with permanent disabilities but we also help students with temporary disabilities.

How does the Centre for Accessibility Services create accommodation plans for students with disabilities?

Students present documentation from a physician, psychologist, or psychiatrist who is qualified to diagnose a disability and describe the functional limitations. Functional limitations are the academic barriers a student experiences as a result of their disability. Advisors will also make inquiries about a student's history and educational experience to gain a clear understanding of these barriers and how they might intersect with courses, assignments, and instructional mode.

Once we have a complete understanding of a student's diagnosis and functional limitations, accommodation planning can take place. Planning accommodations, according to Human Rights legislation, should be a collaborative process in which both the disability advisor and student work together. Academic accommodations are then established based, in part, on guidelines from the Ministry of Advanced Education.

For specific information, please consult our policy Accommodation of Students with Disabilities (93), available on the UFV website.

Do accommodations give students with a disability an unfair advantage?

No. Accommodations are based on the functional limitations of the disability and the academic environment. The purpose is to provide the student access to courses, programs, and academic material by minimizing or eliminating the impact of the disability. Accommodation plans are designed to level the playing field, not provide an advantage.

I've been debating which book to use for my class but the Centre for Accessibility Services requests my selection ASAP. Why?

Students may have the opportunity to have their texts produced in alternate format by CAPER-BC in order to provide equal access to print materials. Production of alternate format texts takes time. By delaying the selection of textbooks, the student may not be able to get their texts in time to start the class and are put at a significant disadvantage in keeping up with readings, lectures, and classroom activities.

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